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A temple is a place and structure reserved for religious or spiritual activities, such as prayer, worship and sacrifice, or analogous rites.

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What is the significance of Chakra of Konark Sun Temple?

I read about Konark Sun Temple and it makes me proud that about 750 years ago Hindu sages could calculate the accurate time in day and night as well, as they know the weather changes by looking the ...
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Where is the story of Upilliappan in the Brahmanda Purana?

Most people only know about the Venkateshwara form of Vishnu (AKA Balaji or Srinivasa) in connection to the deity of the world-renowned Tirumala Venkateshwara Temple in Tirupati. But that is not the ...
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How did some Jain Bunts became administrators of Hindu Temples?

From this Wikipedia Article, Some Jain Bunts are hereditary trustees abd administrators of Hindu Temples, an example being at the Dharamsthala Temple How and why did Jain Bunts became the ...
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When did the worship of Sri Radha start?

Vajranava got three idols of Sri Krishna constructed and all three are in Rajasthan now.All three were recovered by the direct disciples of Mahaprabhu. But these images were worshipped without the ...
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What are the different hasta (hand-postures) which Sri Vishnu holds in temples?

Sri Maha Vishnu resides as Archa-avatara murti (idol form) in many temples throughout Bharata, especially in 108 Divya Desas, most of which are in Tamil Nadu. There is a sthala purana (story) behind ...
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Temple bell : Animal horn for ringing

In a temple (Shri Raam Temple, Jaysingpur, Dist. Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India, to be exact), I have seen the bell having a piece of "deere horn" (सींग in hindi) tied inside to strike and ring it. ...
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Where did Ramanujacharya's statue of Varadaraja come from?

I just came back from a trip to India, and one of the temples I visited was the famous Ranganatha temple in Sri Rangam. The temple has a shrine called the Udaiyavar Sannidhi, which contains the ...
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Do Agama shastras say anything about how small/big temples can be?

From website qz.com, Angkor Wat could potentially lose its status as the world’s largest religious monument to a $78 million upstart being conceived in the backlands of Bihar, one of India’s most ...
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Why is the Sanctum Sanctorum called Garbha Griha?

The place where the deity in a temple is placed (prathishtana) is in english called Sanctum Sanctorum. We refer to it as Garbha Griha. The simple sanskrit meaning of this term is 'Home of the Womb' (...
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Are there any surviving poems from Thirumazhisai Alwar's disciple Kanikannan?

I'm currently visiting India, and I just saw Yatotakari Vishnu temple in Kanchipuram. The story of the temple is that Saraswati turned into the Vegavati river in order Brahma's Yagna in what is now ...
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What is the story of the seven young male figures shown in Tirupati's inner Gopuram?

I'm currently visiting India, and I just went to the world-famous Tirumala Venkateshwara temple in Tirupati. I noticed something interesting in the Nadimipadi Kavali, the white inner Gopuram of the ...
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Why is there a fight amongst Sri Vaishnavas regarding “namam” of Lord Venkateshwara?

There is a strong controversy going on since years about the forehead tilaka.style among both sects of sri vaishnava. The rivalry between the Tenkalai and Vadakalai sects of Iyengar Brahmins ...
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Did Sri Rama visit Hatya Haran teertha (Prabhaskar Teertha) to purify himself?

Did Sri Rama visit Hatya Haran teertha (Prabhaskar Teertha) to purify himself of the sin of Brahma Hatya due to killing of Raavana? The Sthala Purana of Hatyaharan Teertha as it is popularly known in ...
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Is it allowed to preserve a body in a temple's premises?

Ramanujacharya's body is preserved in Sri Rangam temple by mummification. Is it allowed as per agama or other shastra to bury/preserve a body inside a temple premises?
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What is the ritual procedure for linga sthapana in a temple?

In our native place we bhakthakodees are planning to place a shiv Ling in the existing temple. Can someone throw some light on the procedure of installing shiv ling in temple and also if there are any ...
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Who is Khandoba Mahadev?

There is a temple in Maharashtra named 'Khandoba Temple'. In the temple, people worship Khandoba Mahadev. Who is he?
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What is meaning of this Ãgama-Kosha verse for bells?

There is an art and science of making bells to produce the requisite sounds. There are bells specially made to produce the long strains of the sound OM. The handle of a ghantadi signifies prãna – ...
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Are Vaikhanasa Agamas supposed to be followed in Swayambhu Vishnu temples?

As I discuss in this answer, one of the early movements that was important in the development of Vaishnavism was the ancient Pancharatra movement, whose sacred texts consisted of detailed procedures ...
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Navagraham in Vishnu temples

In many Vishnu or Vaishnavism temples, the Navagraham deities are not installed. You may find them in some temples, but in at least 70% of Vishnu temples, you would not. Is there a specific reason ...
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What is the reason for whispering a wish in God's ear?

We often see people whispering in a deity's ear like in the image below: Normally, when we visit the temple we simply close our eyes and pray or tell our wish to God. But some people do the above ...
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Sthala Purana of the Thiruneermalai Temple

In the Divya Desam called Thiruneermalai, Lord Vishnu resides in four different forms: a) Sri Neervanna Perumal (literally meaning, Lord with the complexion of water) b) Sri Ranganatha c) Sri ...
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What is the scriptural source of the DHYANA SLOKA of Sri Padmanabha Swami?

What is the scriptural source of the dhyana sloka of Padmanabha Swami as shown in the enclosed image? Why is Shiva shown in Linga Form and not in His original form while all other deities are in ...
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What is the history of this Kali form of Lord Shyama-sundara?

Ths Shyama-sundara mandir of Khardaha, West Bengal was establised by Sri Virabhadra, the son of Sri Nityananda Mahaprabhu.The beautiful idol is believed to be carved out of a black basalt on which Sri ...
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Why are currency notes kept in the hand of Varanasi Annapurna?

The Golden Annapurna of Varanasi is seen to hold currency notes in the pot in Her left hand. Mother Annapurna according to the dhyana-sloka is known to hold a pot of rice. Why are then currency notes ...
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What is the agama/tantra being followed at the Sri Krishna temple at Guruvayur in Kerala?

When were the rituals in Sri Krishna temple at Guruvayur, Kerala standardized to current form? Who was responsible for that? Which agamas/tantras are followed in the temple while performing rituals to ...
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Is Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, Mangalagiri one of the eight sacred places of Lord Vishnu in India?

Wikipedia of Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, Mangalagiri says it is one of the eight sacred places of Lord Vishnu in India. Lakshmi Narasimha Temple is a vaishnavite temple and one of the eight sacred ...
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How did Tulukka Nachiyar become Ranganatha's consort at Srirangam temple?

https://navrangindia.blogspot.in/2015/11/sri-ranganathar-and-his-muslim-consort.html Lord Ranganatha Swamy appeared in the chief priest' dreams and pronounced that he had now taken Surathani (...
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Did Krishna interact with any foxes in Vrindavana?

The Sarva Siddhanta Sangraha is a work by the Advaita philosopher Adi Shankaracharya describing the views of various schools of Indian philosophy which existed in his time. One of the schools he ...
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Finding a local temple in USA

I live in the NE USA. There are many temples and shrines near where I live. The problem is that all of them were founded by immigrants from India. Therefore, they exist to serve their communities. ...
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What is the story of Narasimha in the Varadaraja Perumal temple?

I'm currently visiting India, and I just saw the Varadaraja Perumal Vishnu temple in Kanchipuram.  As I discuss in this question this is the site of a Yagna performed by Brahma which Saraswati tried ...
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What is the significance of amritaghateshwara temple?

The.famous temple of abirami (goddess)-amrita ghateshwara (shiva) at Tirukkadiyur has an interesting fact that it also contains Lord Vishnu temple alongside. It has many miraculous and special stories ...
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What is the complete shloka on marriage ages written in new Vishvnath temple, Varanasi

In 2013-14, I visited new Vishvnath temple (in BHU), Varanasi. Inside temple, many shlokas are written on its wall. One of them states the suiatable age of marriage, I remember only few words from it:...
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What was the traditional justification for why Chandalas were not allowed in temples?

Traditionally, Chandalas and I believe even Sudras were not allowed in temples. What was the justification for this and is it based on scriptures?
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Which of the Divyadesam Sthala are presided by Vishnu's Varaha AvatAram?

Divya Desam are the group of Vishnu sthalam that are revered by Azhwargal in their spontaneous divine poetry - the Naalayira Divya Prabhandam. This collection of poetry was collated by Nathamuni, an ...
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Why two Rakshasa idols are kept near the main idol of Govindaraja Temple, Tirupati?

I was listening to Chaganti Koteswara Rao's speeches about the Govindaraja Temple, Tirupati. He said that there 2 Rakshasas are kept near main idol. Why 2 Rakshasas are kept near the main idol of ...
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Is the Vamana deity in Thirukoilur considered an incarnation of Krishna?

I'm currently visiting India, and I just went to the Ulagalantha Perumal Vamana temple in Thirukoilur. It's most famous for being the "Naalayira Divya Prabandha Avatara Sthalam", meaning the ...
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What scriptures describe night being caused by mount Meru?

Lalla's Shishyavriddhida Tantra is a Hindu astronomical work dating to the 8th century. In this chapter of the Shishyavriddhida Tantra, Lalla attempts to refute various astronomical theories he ...
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Thousand Pillars Mantap in Ranganatha temple, Sri Rangam

In Srirangam Ranganathaswamy temple there is a 1000 pillared mantap. It is said that a Chola king built this overnight as per the order of the God. In total how many pillars are there and any ...
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Kaal Bhairav idol vs Hanuman idol in Goddess temples

I have seen that at some temples especially of Mother Paravati, there are statues of Kaal Bhairav whereas in others there are statues of Hanumanji. Why is this difference? Is it because the shakti ...
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Sculptures on the Hindu temples of the Ajanta and Ellora caves

The Ajanta caves have temples in the range of a 100 kms which have many Hindu temples. (There are Jain and Buddhist temples too). The Ellora caves also have a lot of Hindu temples, greater in ...
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What are the mantras recited in a Prana Pratishtha pooja?

I was reading about the opening ceremony of a temple, that mantras are recited to welcome the divine to reside in the Murti. What are the mantras recited?
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What happens to the Idols in Temples at end of Kalpa as Rudra destroys Bhuloka at end of Kalpa?

Please don't get offended and i'm just curious. According to Skanda Purana, Goddess Sati self immolated in Swayamabhuva Manvanatara of Pitri Kalpa. She was born again as Parvathi Devi at beginning of ...
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Why did Thirumazhisai Alwar never sing about the Thirumazhisai Jagannath temple?

I just came back from a trip to India, and one of the temples I visited was the Madhya Jagannatha Vishnu temple in Thirumazhisai. Most people only know about the Jagannatha temple in Puri (which I ...
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Significance of Palliyarai Pooja

I have been to Shiva Temples and attended the Palliyarai Pooja. Recently, in Tiruchendur Murugan Temple also, i attended. What is the significance of Palliyarai Pooja?
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Can a building be constructed over a temple?

My question is whether a building (with rooms and bathrooms), for residential/commercial use can be built over an existing temple. Such a building is under construction at Jaipur. Is it permissible?
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Ateshgah of Baku, Azerbaijan - A Shakthi Peetha in Central Asia?

It has been established that Ateshgah temple in Baku, Azerbaijan is indeed a Hindu temple and not a Zoroastrian temple with discovery of Sanskrit inscriptions praising Lord Shiva and Lord Ganesha as ...
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Did the people of Srirangam really fight a war ?

I've heard from my grandmother that there was a war fought by the people of srirangam most of whom are Iyengars to get the idol of the srirangam temple deity from the Delhi sultan. I know that there ...
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Why is Panguni Revati considered the “birthday” of Vishnu's Ranganatha form?

As I discuss in this answer, the oldest Vishnu statue in the world, and probably the oldest Hindu statue in the world period, is the famous Ranganatha statue in Sri Rangam. The story of Ranganatha ...
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How and when are idols cleaned in temples?

I saw many time idols are getting cleaned by priests. My question are: What is used to cleanup the idols? Just water or something else? Is there any timing for cleaning?
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Why does Lord Vishnu also wear Yajnopaveeta in temples?

Yajnopaveeta should be worn for doing vedic rituals. Why is it that Lord Vishnu is also adorned with yajnopaveeta in temples?